infantilize

[ in-fuhn-tl-ahyz, -tahy-lahyz, in-fan-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈɪn fən tlˌaɪz, -taɪˌlaɪz, ɪnˈfæn tlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), in·fan·til·ized, in·fan·til·iz·ing.

to keep in or reduce to an infantile state.
to treat or regard as infantile or immature.

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Also especially British, in·fan·til·ise .

Origin of infantilize

1940–45; infantile + -ize, or by back formation from infantilization

OTHER WORDS FROM infantilize

in·fan·til·i·za·tion, noun
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